- Richard Wigmore
( b New York, Oct 16, 1956). American conductor . She learned the violin as a child, read music at Yale University and took a masters degree at the Juilliard School. In 1984 she founded her own 50-piece orchestra, Concordia, specializing in 20th-century American music, including jazz. In 1989 she won both the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at Tanglewood, where she studied with Bernstein and Ozawa, and the Stokowski International Conducting Competition in New York. Alsop was appointed music director of the Colorado SO in 1993, the year of her European début at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. In 1999 she became principal guest conductor of the City of London Sinfonia and of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has appeared with most of the major American orchestras and with European orchestras including the BBC SO, LSO, LPO, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Berlin RSO and the Orchestre de Paris. Although she has been praised for her taut, cogent performances of the 19th-century Austro-German repertoire (especially Beethoven and Brahms), Alsop is most closely associated with modern American music, and has made acclaimed recordings of works by Barber (in a projected complete cycle of his orchestral works for Naxos), Gershwin (the first-ever disc of the early opera ...